Learning new ideas and concepts releases Dopamine, the “feel good” neurotransmitter/messenger. I find this theory consistent with my personal experience as I am studying for the boards. The new concepts, when I grasp them and link them to things I already know, do seem to bring a tiny packet of fell goodness. So, as I study, i really try to capitalize on this mechanism of feel-goodness. Maybe I can get addicted to learning. That would be a great addiction. I think in some ways, I already am.
Using Dopamine in enhancing our everyday life and getting addicted on life: Creative expressions can cause release of Dopamine – proven by both science and by our everyday observations of living our life.
Gustave Flaubert, of Madame Bovary, famously said:
Be regular and orderly in your life that you may be violent and original in your work.
To me, this fits. I find I don’t need to lead a wild and dangerous life. I don’t need external thrills. I get my Dopamine from being able to be violent and original in my thoughts and ideas – Quite the thrill. The regularity and order I try to effect gives me the time and space to be just that – violent and original.
The most cutting truths live in works where the artist is violent and original. Flaubert, of Madame Bovary, said, “be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work. “. He is fiercely unapologetic in the way he worked. I like that. Be violent and original in one’s work, all the while freeing one’s mind to achieve that end by being regular, mundane, and orderly in one’s life. The creative juices that thusly pulsates in the artist’s veins more than makes up for the seemingly boring and orderly exterior.
Questions: What role has learning played in your “feel good” self? What helps you be violent and original in a way that is friendly to Me? How do you channel your ferocity in the most friendly way? How has the boredom otherwise affected your quality of life? Please comment and tell us your story.
Self-Care Tip: Be violent and original in a way that is friendly to Me
Dr. Chin Tang is in his last year of psychiatry residency training, on his way to Fellowship in psychopharmacology through University of California, Irvine. He is happily married with much adored children.
Dr. Tang says he likes being my friend because in so doing, he is more “emancipated to be as weird and eccentric” as he is, by nature, meant to be. Dr. Tang really knows how to make a girl feel great. Thank you, Dr. Tang! 🙂 Keep on.